The Senok Group, chiefly in the automobile business, is set to start a domestic helicopter service in November deploying two brand new Eurocopter AS350-B3 purchased from French company Eurocopter South East Asia, officials of the company said. The acquisition of the two helicopters marks the start of the Senok Group’s venture into the aviation business, providing helicopter services to corporate customers and tourists locally.
Customization work on the two aircrafts in France has been completed, and will be subsequently delivered to Sri Lanka, they disclosed. This sale also represents a momentous breakthrough for Eurocopter South East Asia into Sri Lanka – Senok being its first Sri Lankan civilian helicopter customer, the officials said.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) has granted permission to Senok Aviation (Pvt) Ltd, a subsidiary of the Senok Group, to operate the domestic helicopter service, as the company has put its systems in place to satisfy the CAASL requirements, a senior official of Senok Group told the Business Times on the sidelines of the launch of the of seventh generation Volkswagen (VW) Passat in Sri Lanka this week.
The company has received the Air Operator Certificate to commence operations, he said adding that the company plans to popularize heli-tourism in the island with the sound economic environment and tourism industry thriving in the country and the company anticipates the demand for domestic airlines especially from investors and tourists will increase significantly.